2010 Picture Framing Competition

Competition has been postponed as a result of moving premises.

Picture Framing Competition 2010

Our inaugural picture framing competition was a great success. The standard of entry was amazing and the quality of the eventual winners was exceptional. We had great feedback from all involved, not least the expert judge, who was hugely impressed with all pieces.

The timing did take a few people by surprise and they asked for a bit more notice this year. So here we are, announcing the SUMMER COMPETITION 2010 with 3 months preparation time. Once again we are running it without outside sponsors: the exciting prizes on offer are all provided by DIYframing.

So, whatever your skill level why not have a go? It’s a cliché, but true: if you don’t enter you can’t win. And a £300 cash first prize is good news by anybody’s standards.

The 2010 Theme: The BluesBlue Sky Thinking?

This time our theme is The Blues. There are so many ideas to be explored within the blues: colour, mood, memorabilia, bought prints, not to mention artwork you might produce especially for the competition. As last year, it’s important that whatever you choose to frame, it should be linked to the theme, but it is the framing that is under scrutiny: that too should compliment the title.

Judges will be making their decision based on skill levels, quality of the framing, design ideas & execution and overall impact. As well as the judges’ decision, visitors to the Open Day exhibition can also offer a public opinion. Their votes will be added into the judges’ tally to provide an overall score. That final total will determine the winners.

Sounds good? You need to get busy: all entries must be at our Woodlands Farm HQ, no later than 3.00 pm on Tuesday 7th September.

From Picasso's Blue PeriodThe Prize:

1st - £300 cash; 2nd £100 (DIYframing Vouchers); 3rd £50 (DIYframing Vouchers).


To qualify for entry, you must be a registered member of DIYframing … it is not too late to sign up. DIYframing employees (or their family members) will not be able to apply. Only one entry per person.


This will take place on 11th September (date to be finalised), with a chance for the public to vote at the exhibition of all entries during our Open Day, at Beaconsfield HQ, Saturday 11th September.  An expert in the field of picture framing will give marks under three headings:

  • Frame construction (20 points) – split into two sub headings of i) accuracy of work (10 points); ii) skill level involved (10 points)
  • Design (15 points)– how well the design of the piece takes account of the theme “The Blues” and how well it works with the selected artwork;
  • Impact (15 points)– overall impact of the piece when first seen. 

It’s in this last area where you can give your opinion.  Entries will also be judged for by visitors to the Open Day.  The piece receiving most votes for 1st place will be awarded a further 50 points; 2nd, 30 points; 3rd, 15 points. These will be added on to the expert’s points to provide a final tally – the framing with the most points, wins!

Closing Date:

All projects will have to be sent or delivered to DIYframing in Beaconsfield: entrants will have to be responsible for all costs involved in that process.  Closing date for entries: 

Competition Entry Form

Before entering please read (click) full terms & conditions.

To view or download entry form click entry form icon:

All entries must be accompanied by a completed form.  If entering please email your intention to judy@diyframing.com as it will help to determine exhibition space and requirements. 

Please note however that notification is not binding and failure to notify us would not exclude your entry.



Summary of Key Information

  • Theme: The Blues
  • Closing date: 
  • Prizes: 1st - £300 cash; 2nd £100 (DIYframing Vouchers); 3rd £50 (DIYframing Vouchers).
  • Judging: Completed at 


Posted on: 7 Jun 2010@06:57:36, updated on: 7 Jun 2010@11:07:37.